John McCaslin

"This is a disgrace," the Democrat commented on the House floor. "This policy has never been worthy of the sacrifice of our military families, let alone their loved ones in uniform."

Good old days

"If any of your readers are emotional about the price of gasoline, this story will bring tears to their eyes," writes Inside the Beltway reader Wendel Allen.

"In the 1920s there was a Sinclair gasoline station in the small Missouri town where I lived. They had gasoline that was one grade cheaper than regular. Sinclair decided to discontinue the low grade gasoline. At that time [my] family had two Model T Fords. When my dad learned the news, he told me to go get both cars and fill them up.

"The price is still implanted in my memory. It was 6 cents a gallon."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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